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The fifth novel in the John Bailey thriller series. Bailey is trying to solve two murders, ten years apart – unfinished business from his former flame Sharon Dexter. But will it cost him his life?

When Sydney socialite Tottie Evans is found dead at a house in Palm Beach, Detective Holly Sutton is called in to investigate. She immediately suspects the boyfriend, a millionaire property developer and ex-mercenary soldier, who refuses to cooperate with police.

Across the city, old-school reporter John Bailey – still haunted by the death of his girlfriend, former cop Sharon Dexter – gets a call about a break-in. It leads to the unearthing of an old case file on a murder at the men-only Sydney Club that Dexter had been pursuing a decade earlier. Her notes reveal a link between that murder and the killing of Tottie Evans.

Suddenly, John Bailey and Holly Sutton have the same mission. And for Bailey, this is a chance to finish a job for the woman who saved his life.

The only problem: a serial killer is already serving a life sentence for the Sydney Club murder.

About The Author

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Tim Ayliffe’s thriller novels have been informed by his 25-year career as a journalist in Australia and around the world. He writes about espionage, extremism, politics and the global power games at play in the 21st Century. He has been the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News and also Executive Producer of News Breakfast. He is the author of the ‘John Bailey’ series including The Greater Good, State of FearThe Enemy Within, Killer Traitor Spy and his most recent novel, The Wrong Man. Tim's thrillers are also in development for TV. When he's not writing or chasing news stories, Tim watches rugby and surfs. He lives in Sydney.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (July 3, 2024)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781761426582

Raves and Reviews

‘Detective Holly Sutton is a female crime-fighting super-force.’

Candice Fox

‘A fast-paced tale of corruption, murder and salvation. Page-turning Aussie noir at its best.’

Michael Brissenden

‘A taut, compulsive mystery firmly grounded in real-world concerns from online misogyny to regional geopolitics. Get ready for a gripping and relentless pursuit for truth and redemption.’

Dinuka McKenzie

The Wrong Man isn’t just a page-turner; it’s a thoughtful look at modern fears and the struggle between good and evil.’

Happy Mag

‘Meticulously plotted, rigorously controlled, and sublimely suspenseful. A-Grade stuff.’

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